Buying motorcycle tyres can be a little daunting if you have no idea what to look out for. Whether you need to upgrade your motorcycle tyres or replace worn out ones, there are some things you need to keep in mind and check if it matches your requirements as a rider. Tyres come with a code printed on the sides and each code corresponds to the maximum load a tyre can carry at a particular speed. Once you understand the tyre code, the required aspect ratio, the size and rim diameter and basics of tread choosing a tyre should be a hassle free process.
Here are some basic things which will help you in wisely purchasing motorcycle tyres:
The Correct size
Choosing the right size of tyre or tube depends on proper understanding of the tyre code printed on the side of a tyre. The tyre code refers to three basic measurements which are width, aspect ratio, and rim diameter. The tyre code also shows the speed index and tyre construction. The letter in the code corresponds to a speed rating while the number is a code for a certain weight.
The aspect ratio provides the height as a percentage of the width. For example, an aspect ratio of 85 means that the tire’s height from bead to tread is 85 per cent of the width from side to side of the tyre. The aspect ratio is often shown in the tyre code just after the width, and they are often separated by a slash.
The rim diameter is usually the last number in the tyre code, and appears after one or two letters which indicate the speed rating and tyre construction. Take note that this measurement is in inches and not in millimeter.
Motorcycle Tyre Tread
The purpose of tread in tyres is to provide grip and remove water out of your way. When choosing a motorcycle tyre, the key is to find the balance between grip and durability. Tyres with better grip are made of soft rubber parts and are hardly durable. Some tyres are made of hard rubber in the center and softer material on the sides which makes them more long lasting and gives better grip on the road.
Choose the tyre suited to your Motorcycle
When choosing tyres, first ensure that the tyre is suited for your type of motorcycle. Keep in mind the weather and road conditions you are likely to travel in. you would want smoother tyres for dry smooth conditions and more gripped tyres for wet or off-road conditions.